Review: Diary of An Oxygen Thief by Anonymous

Diary of An Oxygen Thief by Anonymous
(The Oxygen Thief Diaries #1)
Paperback, 143 pages
Published May 10th, 2006 by NLVI Publishers
My rating: --- Ugh

Hurt people hurt people.

Say there was a novel in which Holden Caulfield was an alcoholic and Lolita was a photographer’s assistant and, somehow, they met in Bright Lights, Big City. He’s blinded by love. She by ambition. Diary of an Oxygen Thief is an honest, hilarious, and heartrending novel, but above all, a very realistic account of what we do to each other and what we allow to have done to us.

My thoughts…

I was browsing one after noon at Target and the cover with the snowman caught my eye. I read the back (above synopsis) and I then I read the first page.
“I liked hurting girls.

Mentally, not physically, I never hit a girl in my life. Well, once. But that was a mistake. I’ll tell you about it later. The thing is, I got off on it. I really enjoyed it.

It’s like when you hear serial killers say they feel no regret, no remorse for all the people they killed. I was like that. Loved it. I didn’t care how long it took either, because I was in no hurry. I’d wait until they were totally in love with me. Till the big saucer eyes were looking at me. I loved the shock on their faces. Then the glaze as they tried to hide how much I was hurting them. And it was legal. I think I killed a few of them. Their souls, I mean. It was their souls I was after.”
Anonymous, Diary Of An Oxygen Thief

Sounds interesting, right? I went into this book not knowing anything about it, big mistake. I would not normally post my thoughts on a one star, but I must tell you all… Do not spend your money.

The first chapter had me intrigued and I thought he was going to redeem himself by the end of the book. Didn’t happen. This is the story of a damaged person that chooses to hurt people in retaliation for being damaged, he wants you to feel sorry for him and tries to paint himself as the victim. I was absolutely surprised at the terrible ways in which he treated these women, especially Penelope who he dated for four and a half years.

“Why would anyone set out to break the heart of someone he loved? Why would anyone intentionally cause that kind of pain? Why did people kill each other?

Because they enjoyed it. Was it really that simple? To achieve a soul-shattering, it is better that the perpetrator has been through the same experience. Hurt people hurt people more skillfully. An expert heartbreaker knows the effect of each incision. The blade slips in barely noticed, the pain and the apology delivered at the same time” Anonymous, Diary Of An Oxygen Thief

He tried to give many excuses on why he was the way he was (an insensitive and inconsiderate jerk – my words). Being sexually assaulted or neglected by his father does not give him the go ahead to be cruel. He tried to make you believe that he changed his ways since attending AA meetings, no dating or showing interest in women… for five years!

“I see now that I was in pain and wanted others to feel it, too. This was my way of communicating.” Anonymous, Diary Of An Oxygen Thief

Until he goes to NY and meets Aisling and he is instantly in love with her. Turns out Aisling is just as rotten as he was, and she plays the game better than he ever did.

I did not like the writing style, it was inconsistent and repetitive. It wasn’t in a 'diary' format and it was difficult to sense the time passing. It begins in London, he moves to Minnesota and while there he obsesses over Aisling and goes on and on about his Victorian house… boring. Finally, he moves to NY with plans to be with Aisling forever, but she has other plans for him.

This book brought out plenty of emotions, which it’s likely meant to do, and I will give credit to the author for that alone. I’m finding it hard to believe that this is book has continued as a series. On the back cover it reads that the Diary of An Oxygen Thief is fiction, one can only hope, if not Mr. Anonymous needs help.

That is my rant for 2018 and I do hope it’s the only one for the year.

“Never let her know how much you love her or she'll kill you with it.” Anonymous, Diary Of An Oxygen Thief

Happy Reading -J 


  1. OMG this sounds creepy and not in a good way.

  2. oh I do hate that kind of thinking "I'll be a jerk BUT play the victim" thanks for the warning about this book Jovita!

    1. You're welcome, I don't like to discourage anyone from reading a book, this book just didn't sit right with me.